Frequently Asked Questions
It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation that treats scar tissue, lax skin, wrinkles, and large pores by increasing collagen production. It involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury. It sounds scary — and it does involve needles piercing the skin — but the needles are very fine and short, and most clients report only mild discomfort. And the advantages of the procedure greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
Micro-needling works by making controlled micro-injuries in your skin, which your body will then heal by producing collagen. More collagen means smoother, younger-looking skin. A high-speed digital machine (150 to 230 punctures per second) places thin needles in the lower and higher dermis skin layer, breaking the already formed old collagen chain. The brain receives messages to repair the trauma to the existing collagen chain. The effect is an immediate response of the dermis. The skin starts to immediately produce and generate new collagen and form new bonds. The exterior effect of Needling is that your own collagen is forming and pushing the skin up, which will smooth and reduce the appearance of scars and plump up the wrinkles and erase fine line.
In addition, new capillaries are formed. This revascularization treatment rejuvenates the skin by improving its texture and firmness. Needling will relax and smooth out scars, wrinkles and help to tone skin discoloration (hypo- and hyperpigmentation). Needling has also shown to be promising in the reduction of stretch marks. Micro-needling is also called skin needling, wrinkle needling. collagen induction therapy, intradermabrasion needle abrasion, needle-dermabrasion, Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), or Multitrepannic Collagen Actuation (MCA).
Professional skin needling is considered to be the most natural and one of the safest and most effective skin treatments available. Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatments, skin needling causes minimal damage to the dermis with little or no down time.
The procedure is well tolerated by most people. It can take a few minute or up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem. Often, it takes longer to numb the skin than to perform the procedure!
- On the day of the procedure, no lotions, makeup or other topical products are applied on the area to be treated. Just show up baby faced! Upon arrival, the technician applies a topical numbing cream on the treatment area and covers it with plastic for about twenty minutes.
- The technician chooses the tool and needle configuration to be used. The skin is cleansed and then punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device. Sometimes this is an electronic pen-style device with a single needle which is used on very fine wrinkles or “crow’s feet” near the eyes. Sometimes the device of choice is a larger hand held roller which might be used on stretch marks covering the entire stomach or thigh area, for example. As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound stimulating skin cell regeneration.
- Depending on the condition treated, it may take 5-60 minutes to complete the procedure.
- A minimum of six weeks is recommended between treatments if more than one treatment is necessary as it takes that long for new natural collagen to form.
Most people see and feel results immediately after the needling procedure. After about a week the process of collagen formation slows down, but strongly speeds up from 4 to 8 weeks when you can really see the difference and the results. Needling has similar effects as laser treatment, but often works faster, is much less expensive, and doesn’t permanently damage the epidermis to get the desired effect. There are some differences between scar and wrinkle healing after the procedure. It also depends on an individual’s skin healing abilities. The individual’s age and immune system can also support or slow down the healing process. After the Needling procedure, wrinkle lines may not disappear completely but will be more shallow and smoother.
Each case is different, and so is everybody’s skin regeneration capabilities. After needling, your results will depend on your regeneration process but also on your genetics, and how much and how often you wrinkle your skin with expressions (forehead, an area around your eyes). The habits of facial expressions vary in every person. There is also a huge impact on how you treat your skin on a daily basis. Sunscreen, Vitamins A, E, and C will definitely help your skin appearance in all cases! In general, after needling, for scars they will get smoother, softer, and be reduced for the rest of your life. It not only depends on your skin type and your habits of facial expressions but also on muscle structure. In general, the effect from needling will last somewhere between 3 to 8 years.
Skin Needling is 100% Natural! There is nothing injected into the skin. Allergic reaction and side effects rarely exist other than those that are part of the natural healing process. Needles are working in the dermis layer of the skin and bring an immediate reaction from the brain to the skin. Your body produces more collagen to plump the wrinkles and to smooth and reduce existing scars. The equipment, techniques, and hygiene standards used for the needling treatment are similar to those used to do permanent makeup or tattooing.
The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition.
In the case of wrinkles associated with aging skin, two sessions are usually sufficient with one or two refresher skin needling treatments recommended every year thereafter. “Smoker’s Lips” are the exception. It may take up to four sessions with six weeks between sessions to see satisfactory results.
Three to four treatments may be needed for moderate acne scars. Scars from thermal burns and stretch marks may require up to five procedures.
The cost for this procedure varies by the number of areas to be treated and the number of treatments necessary to produce the desired results.
For treatment on the face, the cost is determined by zones with the upper lip and glabellas (11’s on the forehead between the nose) being the most popular treatment areas. For example, if a client wants both of these zones treated, the cost would be $100 per zone. If after six weeks, the healed results are satisfactory, no additional fees would be charged. If a second treatment is necessary which is the case about 50% of the time, half the original cost would apply. In the case of treating the upper lip and glabella, the second treatment for both areas would be $100. Larger areas like stretch marks or scars are usually charged by the hour. Your technician will be happy to provide a complimentary consultation so there are no surprises.
Combat veterans are not charged for scar-related treatments provided by this establishment.
After the first treatment you will need a free follow up visit 6 weeks later to review the result and fill in any areas that might need it. The brow will fade naturally over 12-18 months as the skin rejuvenates, at which time you will need a touch up treatment to retain the definition. A touch up can be carried out every 6 months to maintain depth of tone as you desire.
On the day of treatment the brows may look slightly red and the brow will look stronger and darker than expected. Any redness will fade within a couple of hours. A ‘crust’ will form over the brows which will naturally flake off over the next 4-5 days. This should be left to happen naturally. The shade of the brows will initially appear quite dark but will fade by around 50% as the brow heals. During this time, you will need to apply the provided balm four times a day or when the eyebrows feel tight or itchy.
The brows should be kept dry for the first week – so no vigorous exercise or hair washing. They can be cleansed with a wipe. They may feel sensitive or slightly achy for the first few days but the sensation should fade within a week.
With the microblading technique, there’s no change in shade of the color. Pigment has come a long way in the last few years. Several shades can be combined to get the perfect match just right for your skin tone. Always err on the side of caution: some people ask for very dark brows, but try a lighter tone that can be darkened later at a free perfecting visit if necessary. It’s better for someone to come back and have their brows added to than for them to look in the mirror and have any regrets.
Most eyebrow tattooists – even those who achieve a relatively natural look – use a conventional tattoo needle and ink, which can result in a line that is heavier than a normal hair and if not treated lightly, can result in a colored-in look. Eyebrow tattoos can be lovely when done correctly and they have their benefits — they are longer lasting and usually less expensive than microblading; and some clients prefer the drawn on appearance over the natural look microblading provides. At WOW! Brows, we can use the Microblading technique over a healed eyebrow tattoo using a slightly darker color to add realistic hair strokes to make the brow look more natural.
Anyone who wants to enhance or reconstruct their brows. People who plucked out their brows in the 90s until they never returned, those born with sparse eyebrows, people who have lost their brows through chemo, trichotillomania or alopecia, or simply those looking for a bolder shape. People who have poor eyesight, unsteady hands or swim are great candidates. And certainly, anyone who wants to spend less time in the mirror applying make up will benefit.
Microblading uses a fine scalpel-type tool to apply pigment rather than the traditional needle and ink tattoo. This allows the practitioner to create a natural-looking brow with short, ultra-fine micro lines that look like individual hairs. The blade means the color is implanted closer to the surface of the outer layer of the skin, therefore the strokes are crisp and fine — just like hair. The fine lines can be applied in the same direction of hair growth, resulting in an appearance that’s as close to a natural brow as it gets.